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Final Fantasy 15 PC Release Date To Be In Early 2018

In an announcement today at Gamescom, Square Enix revealed that the Final Fantasy 15 PC release date will sometime early next year, including all DLC and updates and some PC-exclusive graphics enhancements. The Final Fantasy 15 PC release date will come more than a year after the game was released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last November.

Final Fantasy 15 PC release date
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Final Fantasy XV will be of highest quality

The PC version of the game is titled Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition. At Gamescom in Germany, Nvidia also revealed a trailer for the game during a press conference.

Referring to their partnership with Nvidia, Hajime Tabata, the director of the game said, “With the help of Nvidia, we are creating a stunning visual experience … one worthy of this beloved franchise.”

Further, Tabata said that it will be the highest quality version of the game yet.

Nvidia says it has supported Square Enix with developer tools and source code to update the gameplay. Square Enix has added several enhancements to the game with help from the chip maker, including Turf Effects to make the grass more realistic; Nvidia Flow for physics-based smoke and fire effects; Nvidia XVAO Ambient Occlusion, which controls the light shining on each object; Hairworks for more realistic hair; and Nvidia HFTS shadow algorithms, which automatically record gameplay, edit clips and upload them to YouTube.

Other notable additions to the game include support for 4K and HDR displays. The game also now supports Dolby Atmos, allowing for more accurate sound effects. Payers will be able to play in the first-person perspective and take 360-degree high-resolution screenshots throughout the game. It must be noted that the PC version of Final Fantasy XV is based on the improved edition of Square Enix’s Luminous Engine, notes Ars Technica.

It is “the most beautiful and highest quality version of Final Fantasy 15 thanks to it being developed on our new version of the Luminous Engine,” Tabata said.

Final Fantasy 15 PC release date?

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition will hit the Windows Store, Origin and Steam in early 2018. Though there is no specific date, the San Francisco Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March 2018 could witness the launch. As of now, there is no information on price or system requirements.

It is also not clear if the game’s upcoming Comrades expansion will be in the PC edition. The expansion only recently got a second beta test, according to GameSpot. Final Fantasy XV, which so far is a single-player-only game, will get a cooperative multiplayer expansion with Comrades. Players will be allowed to design a character of their own and partner with other players to complete the game.

Final Fantasy XV, which was previously titled Final Fantasy Versus XIII and was an exclusive PS3 title, had a prolonged development cycle running for almost a decade. During that cycle, the critically-acclaimed game has even witnessed a change of directors, with Tetsuya Nomura being replaced by Tabata. Nomura is currently working on Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII remake, notes NDTV.